Friday, December 24, 2004 · Last updated 6:57 p.m. PT
DUVALL, Wash. -- A 25-year-old Utah man was accidentally shot and
killed on Christmas Eve when his brother apparently tripped, causing
a gun to fire, according to television reports.
It happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 28200 block of Cherry Valley Road
in this rural northeast King County town. The victim and his 30-year-old
brother had gone out to a field to either shoot targets or hunt, King
County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Fuda said Friday night.
"The brother tripped, the gun was discharged and the younger
brother was deceased," Fuda told KING-5 Television.
The older brother reportedly used a cell phone to call for help, saying
the victim had been shot in the neck, KIRO Television reported. Unsure
of where he was, the station said the man waited for the sound of ambulance
sirens and helped direct paramedics to the scene by firing shots toward
Heavy fog and a large drainage ditch between the hunters and the ambulance
reportedly hampered rescue efforts.
The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a call seeking
additional details about the incident.
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